What to expect from Microsoft in 2008

Posted by bink on December 19 2007, 8:56 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.




The famous Bink.nu "expect list" is back! Just as previous years, I made a list of what releases we can expect from Microsoft. 2005 and 2006 turned out to be pretty accurate, the only things wrong weren't my mistakes but delays or change of plans. Last year I also started to make a list for 2007, becuase it is a lot of work I never managed to get it done and it never got published. To avoid that I publish what I have now and add stuff over the coming weeks, also based on your feedback!If you think someting is missing or wrong please let me know through a comment or sending an email to bink at bink nu.This list is based on facts, assumptions and wild guesses. Again it is not complete yet and will be updated by your feedback!


"Windows Server 2008 Standard" Edition (x64, with Hyper-V)"Windows Server 2008 Enterprise" Edition (x64, with Hyper-V)"Windows Server 2008 Datacenter" Edition (x64, with Hyper-V)"Windows Web Server 2008" Edition (x86 and x64)"Windows Storage Server 2008" Standard Edition (x86 and x64)"Windows Storage Server 2008" Express Edition (x86 and x64)"Windows Unfified Data Storage Server 2008" Edition (x86 and x64)"Windows Small Business Server 2008" (Codenamed "Cougar") (x64) for small businesses "Windows Essential Business Server 2008" (Codenamed "Centro") (x86-64) for medium-sized businesses "Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems" (IA-64) (same features as Datacenter Edition)"Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V" Edition (x86 and x64)"Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V" Edition (x86 and x64)"Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V" Edition (x64)"Windows HPC Server 2008" (High Performance Computing, previously Compute Cluster Server) Most editions support "core" installations

Windows 2008 Hyper-V stand alone SKU

"Windows Home Server R2" (based on 2008? Dont think so)Windows Server 2008 R2/Update Release (beta)

"Windows mobile 6.1" Q1 2008"Windows mobile 6.1 Professional" q1 2008"Windows mobile 7" RTM Q4 2008 (First phones in 2009, just 1 edition!)"Windows CE" 7 ?"Windows Mobile for Automotive" 6.0? -> "Microsoft Auto" 2.0?

Windows Vista Service Pack 1Windows Vista for Embedded SystemsWindows Vista Media Center Update (Fiji) I expect at least a betaWindows Vista Ultimate Extra's ....Windows Steady State 2.5

Windows XP Service Pack 3

Windows 7 Beta (Codename Vienna)MinWin beta (Windows 7 kernel based mini OS)

Internet Explorer 8! (Beta 1st half 2008)


SQL Server 2008 standard EditionSQL Server 2008 Enterprise EditionSQL Server 2008 Express EditionSQL Server 2008 Workgroup EditionSQL Server 2008 Developer EditionSQL Server 2008 Compact Edition?

ISA Server 2008 standard Edition x64ISA Server 2008 Enterprise Edition x64

Biztalk Server 2008 Enterprise EditionBiztalk Server 2008 Standard EditionBiztalk Server 2008 Branch EditionBiztalk Server 2008 Developer Edition

Search Server 2008 (standard Edition)Search Server 2008 Express Edition

WSUS 3.0 SP1

Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2 beta, maybe but expect the regular roll-up packs

Finaly a new Microsoft Identity and Integration Server?

Host Integration Server 2008 ?

Commerce Server 2007 R2 ?

ForefrontIntelligent Application Gateway 2007 R2?Microsoft Forefront codename “Stirling” BetaForeFront for Exchange "14" BetaForeFront for SharePoint "14" BetaSecurity Management ConsoleSecurity for Office Communicator

System CenterService Manager 2008 (beta, RTM Q1 2009)Mobile Device Manager 2008Capacity Planner 2007 with sharepoint 2007 supportApplication Virtualization 4.5 (softgrid)Desktop Optimization Pack for Software AssuranceDiagnostic and Recovery Toolset 6.0 (DaRT)Operations Manager 2007 SP1 (Q1)Operations Manager 2007 R2 (beta)Configuration Manager SP1 (H2)Configuration Manager 2007 R2Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2Identity LifeCycle ManagerSystem Center Essentials v2System Center Online Services

"Microsoft Deployment" Solution Accelorator update for WS08 RTM


Office 14 Beta ?Office Live Workspace launchOffice Communicator Webclient


CRM 4.0 general availability (it just RTM'd)Point of Sale 2.0 sp1


Encarta 2009Money 2009Streets and Trips 2009


Probably new mice ;-)Zune firmware 2.xZune Phone?


HD Video for EuropeIPTV Service

Windows Live

Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Windows Live SkyDriveWindows Live CalendarWeb Windows Live Messenger

Visual FoxProVisual FoxPro version 9 service pack 2 is last that was released for this product (oct 2007), no Foxpro 10, version 9 is end of life in 2015Visual Studio

Visual Studio 2008 SP1 ?Silverlight 2.0TafitiPopFly


Expression Blend 2


Office 2008Messenger

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